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Food Justice

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You may have seen and heard that there’s a Food and Faith group active at Grace Church. 

Food Justice — weekend of May 4th and 5th

Meredith Wade is a Life Together intern working with St. James, Cambridge on their food pantry and food justice program.  Meredith spoke to our own food justice team last June. 

Help us welcome Meredith to Grace as she preaches at the services next weekend and join us for a forum after the 10 am service on Sunday, May 5th.

The phrase “food justice” can apply to the simple fact that some go hungry in a nation of abundance, or to the underlying economics of food production – this is where buying local or raising what you can come into play, but also issues of agribusiness, at home and abroad, and issues of access to food resources.  This is not merely a matter of no money to buy food, but also of no place to grow food, and no easy access to affordable, healthy produce.  Densely built urban areas don’t host a lot of supermarkets, and lower income areas are unlikely to host a farmer’s market.

Click here for more background.

In a presentation made at Boston College in February 2018, Dr. Willis Jenkins, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, made these points about the ethics of food and the health of the planet:

  • Our world needs to be a safe operating space for humanity
  • We need to rethink agriculture and our diets – the world cannot support our current consumption of ruminate animal products
  • The industrial food system is unhealthy and unsustainable
  • “Practical Reverence” – the manner in which we cultivate gratitude and thereby rebuff cultural violence
  • Our atmosphere is coproduced, affected by humans – what kind of relationship should we/do we want with the atmosphere?  How does agriculture, aquaculture affect the atmosphere?
  • Good farming is a method of resistance to industrial agriculture
  • Eating is an agricultural act
  • Food justice = justice for land, people
  • Food choices are acts of change – therefore, as a group/culture/community, how do we enact changes as consumers?  What alternative practices can we enact?
  • What role can the church play in these processes/decisions/acts of justice?

Click here for additional notes on his presentation.

 

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